Saul “Canelo” Alvarez was handed a six-month ban by the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Wednesday
The Mexican middleweight has been sanctioned in a disciplinary hearing in Las Vegas over the failed drug test which forced his rematch with Gennady Golovkin to be cancelled.
That was a quick hearing. The commission and Canelo’s team reached an adjudication agreement before the hearing and it was adopted unanimously (5-0) by the commission: Canelo gets a one-year suspension, but because he has cooperated it is suspended to… https://t.co/YaXLmFS0Qx
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The NAC delivered the verdict in the wake of Canelo failing two drug tests earlier this year when the banned substance clenbuterol was found in his system. Although Alvarez does not deny the presence of the substance, he fully maintains that consumption of tainted beef was the reason for the findings.
At the hearing the commission unanimously approved a deal that will see Alvarez suspended for six months – though the fact this ban has been applied retroactively from the first failed test in February, means that the 27-year-old will be free to resume fighting again in August.
That in itself would give rise to the possibility of a rescheduled rematch with Golovkin later this year. Once his suspension is completed, he will still need to pass another drug test before being considered for another fight in the state of Nevada.